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    Default Best "K" brand soprano?

    Which "K" brand makes the best soprano sized ukulele?
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert
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    I'll get my tin helmet
    Kamaka HF-3DC - KoAloha KTM-S00 - Kanile'a SUS B DLX - Pono MBD-CR - Pono MGTP5-PC

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    Best depends on what sound you like and how it fits in your hands and how it looks to you.

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    Kmise!

    Yes, an answer so bad that the forum won't let me post it

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    Umm, to make things clearer, I just want to hear your choices (even if they’re not “K” brands)
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert
    Flight TUS-35

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    I had the chance to buy a Kamaka soprano but wasn't impressed by it. I now have a KoAloha and that is wonderful.

    John Colter

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    [QUOTE=ukantor;2251000]I had the chance to buy a Kamaka soprano but wasn't impressed by it. I now have a KoAloha and that is wonderful.

    John Colter[/QUOTE

    Same here John, but in reverse. I tried a KoAloha and wasn’t impressed by it. I bought a Kamaka standard and love it. I Cant say which is better, really. To answer your question - all of them!
    TomtheBaptist

    Kamaka HF-1 Standard
    Kamaka HF-3 Tenor
    Collings UCK1 Concert
    Collings UT1 Concert
    LoPrinzi Soprano Custom Spanish Cypress and Spruce
    Loprinzi AC-T Tenor with MISI Pickup
    Pops Opio Concert Pineapple Sunday
    Martin D18
    Martin 00015-SM
    Santa Cruz OM/PW
    Composite Acoustic Legacy Carbon Fiber
    Ahlambra 5P Classical
    Bob Thomason Butternut/Walnut Mountain Dulcimer
    New Harmony Butternut/Walnut Mountain Dulcimer
    Merv Rowley Myrtle Mountain Dulcimer

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    I'd go with Kiwaya if it must start with K :-)

    ... also I am in love with my Pohaku.


    In both cases that's only if you're into the vintage martin-ish thing
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    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)

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    Well, this might be the best one:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...Walnut-Soprano

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    Kamaka ukuleles are the most consistent from size to size. If I were going to score their instruments, each size would score similarly.

    KoAloha ukuleles sound better on the smaller end of the spectrum. Their tenors sound great, but they really shine with their sopranos and concerts.

    Kanile'a ukuleles sound better on the larger end of the spectrum. Their tenors, super-tenors, baritones, and guileles are where their quality really shows.

    I don't have much experience with Ko'olau, if you're even counting them, but Ko'olau sopranos are pretty rare, and I've never played one. If Pono ukuleles are any indication, they're pretty consistent in sizes, like Kamaka.

    Based on all that, for me, KoAloha and Kamaka are the way to go with smaller sizes. I like the Kamaka sound, but once I got a Kamaka in a bigger size, I had little desire to get one of their sopranos. On the other hand, one nit-pick I have about KoAloha (and Opio and Rebel) ukuleles is that their sopranos don't have frets beyond the 12th. Their fretboard extends past the neck, but no frets. As someone who plays songs that occasionally go past the 12th fret, this is a bit annoying.

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